A Viral Tweet Has Revealed The “Financial Racism” Confronted By Distant Aboriginal Communities

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Up to date on 15 Jun 2020. Posted on 15 Jun 2020

“We are able to’t say that Aboriginal teams don’t have entry to their very own land, which was illegally stolen from them within the first place, after which cost them an absolute bloody fortune to reside there.”

Whereas communities all over the world are banding collectively in assist of the Black Lives Matter motion, it is necessary to do not forget that in Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders proceed to battle with a variety of points associated to oppression, racism and injustice.


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One such challenge is the matter of worth gouging in distant Aboriginal communities, which was highlighted in a sequence of viral tweets shared by Rob Arnol — an Aboriginal man dwelling in Hobart, Tasmania.

Costs on the Ernabella Retailer, a distant Aboriginal group, the place almost all of the inhabitants are on the Indue Card and should, repeat, should spend their cash there. The Indue card has restrictions on what could also be bought.
Financial racism at its worst!

In his tweet posted on Sunday night time, Arnol shared a picture taken from a retailer in Pukatja (often known as Ernabella) in South Australia, exhibiting a bottle of Vaseline being offered for $35.96. For comparability, this similar cream will be bought from Chemist Warehouse for $4.49.

He additionally shared one other instance from the group of Doomadgee in Queensland, the place canned items have been being offered at $10. For distinction, the very same product will set you again $6.50 at Woolworths.

The value gouging — which Arnol has described as “financial racism” — has considerably impacted distant Aboriginal communities, particularly for the reason that majority of people dwelling in such locations are on the Cashless Welfcare (or Indue) card.


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The Indue card is a government-led scheme, which quarantines revenue for folks on sure assist funds. The debit card can’t be used to withdraw money from ATMs or Eftpos terminals, or to buy alcohol, tobacco or fund playing accounts.

This technique implies that they’re solely in a position to buy items from an authorized listing of distributors, which frequently doesn’t prolong to on-line or delivery-based retailers providing cheaper offers, like Coles, Woolworths or Chemist Warehouse.


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Put merely, if it is not an authorised enterprise to simply accept the Indue card, it will not work relating to cost time.

Based on Arnol — who has labored in Aboriginal affairs for 38 years and has travelled to distant communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory — this can be a frequent downside that does not have a logical reply.


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“Why is that this the case? I do not know. Individuals say it is due to transport prices, nevertheless it would not value $30 to switch a bottle of Vaseline from say, Adelaide to Ernabella. In the event that they’re taking heaps of stuff on the similar time…it should not be greater than a $1 or $1.50 on the most to cowl all the prices.”

He continued, “The explanation for it’s just about worth gouging. Lots of these communities have co-op outlets arrange, however they’re administered and run by white folks.”

With the value gouging affecting all the pieces from ladies’s hygiene merchandise to greens, milk and bread, it is no surprise that many battle with the Indue debit card system.


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“It is [food products] too costly and you have to go for the necessities first. However when they’re marked up 500%, it would not take lengthy to your cash to go.”

And with that in thoughts, Arnol has known as on the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, to deal with the issue and eventually do one thing about it. “Even when it means placing up costs in cities to subsidise these areas, it should be completed.”


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“We are able to’t say that Aboriginal teams don’t have entry to their very own land, which was illegally stolen from them within the first place after which cost them an absolute bloody fortune to reside there.”


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